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War of 1812 Part 5

 War of 1812

Part 5: Chronology of the Action

The key to understanding war of any kind is to recognize that no action in war is isolated from another.  For example, success in Normandy (D-Day) was not an isolated event, purely the result of planning an executing the attack. It was, in addition, due to a number of events and actions that distracted the German army and diluted their forces, including the Italian campaign and the Russian Front. So it was with the War of 1812, political events and the war in Europe had an effect in the happening in North America. This chart, from

http://www.warof1812.ca, tells the story pretty well.

War of 1812

War of 1812



Political Events

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 December 22: Embargo Act passed by US Congress halting trade with Foreign Nations (repealed in 1808)June 22: The Chesapeake Affair:  USS
fired on and boarded by the HMS Leopard
off  Norfolk, Virginia
June 13-14: Battle of Friedland between French and RussiansJuly 9 After making peace with Russia, Napoleon bans trade with Great Britain.


March 4: James Madison is
inaugurated as president of the United States


September 30: Brock becomes Lieut.Governor of Upper Canada

October 12: Prevost becomes Governor- in-Chief and Commander of all forces in British
North America

November 4: US War
Congress convenes

November 7: Battle of Tippecanoe were US defeats Indians 
 March 5: French pull out of Portugal and consolidate around Salamanca,

June: Baltimore Riots start against anti-war Federalists

June 1: Madison’s recommendation to Congress to declare war over sailor’s rights and British support of western frontier tribes.

June 4: House of Representatives passes war bill

June 18: Senate passes
House bill Madison signs War Bill.

June 19: U.S. President
Madison declares war or Great Britain.

July 1: US doubles Customs Duties

 October 20: Sheaffe becomes Lieut. Governor of Upper Canada



 June 23: USS President vs. HM Frigate Belvidera

July 12: U.S. General Hull invades Upper Canada at Sandwich across from Detroit

July 17: British forces from Fort St. Joseph capture Fort Michilimackinac

August 5: Battle of Brownstown

August 8: Battle of Maguaga

August 15: Fort Dearborn massacre

August 16: British forces under Brock capture Fort Detroit.

August 19:
USS Constitution vs. HM Frigate Guerriere

September: Baltimore Riots finish

September 3 : Indian
attack at Pigeon Roost Creek

September 4: Indians
attack Fort Harrison

September 5: Indians
attack Fort Madison

September 6: Indians
attack Fort Wayne

September 16: Americans fail in capturing batteaux convey at Toussiant Island of the St. Lawrence River

September 21: American attack and capture village of Gananoque in the Thousand Islands area

October 9: Two British schooners captured off Fort Erie; small skirmish near Fort Erie

October 13: Battle of Queenston Heights and death of Brock and Macdonnell

November: Royal Navy blockades South Carolina

November 27: US attacks the outlying fortifications of Fort Erie

November 28: U.S. invasion
attempt at Frenchman’s Creek repulsed.

December 18:
Battle of Mississnewa

December 26: Royal Navy
expands blockade to Chesapeake and Delaware Bays


 January 19: British storm Ciudad Rodrigo, Portugal
April 6: British repulsed at Badajoz, Spain June 24: Napoleon invades Russia July 22: Wellington’s famous victory at SalamancaAugust 13: British Army enter Madrid September 7: Battle of BorodinoSeptember 14: Napoleon enters Moscow

September 19: Napoleon begins retreat from Moscow

 October 21: British give up siege of Burgos, Spain.

 November 29: Napoleon’s shattered army exits Russia





















June 19: de Rottenburg becomes Lt.
Governor of Upper Canada
























December 13: Drummond becomes Lt. Governor of Upper Canada


January 19: Skirmish at the River Raisin.

January 22: British victory at Frenchtown.

January 23: Massacre of US wounded at River Raisin

February 6: U.S. raid on Brockville on the St. Lawrence River.

February 22: British capture Ogdensburg, NY as retaliation for Brockville attack.

March 30: British naval blockade extended from Long Island to the Mississippi

April 15: US army occupies West Florida

April 27: U.S. troops attack and burn York (Capital of Upper Canada).

May 26: Britain’s Royal Navy extends blockade to cover additional states

May 25: U S. bombards and destroys Fort George.

May 27: U.S. troops capture Fort George; British troops retreat toward Burlington.

May 29: British fail to capture Sacket’s Harbor.

June 1: H.M.S. Shannon defeats U.S.S. Chesapeake tows her captive into Halifax, Nova Scotia.

June 6: British victory at Stoney Creek.

June 7: British victory at 40 Mile Creek; U.S. retire to Fort George.

June 22nd Skirmish at Norfolk

June 24: Capture of US forces at Beaver Dams.

July 8: Battle of Ball’s Farm.

July 11: British raid on Blackrock.

July 20: U.S. victory at Goose Creek.

July 27: Engagement at Burnt Corn

July 31: British victory at Burlington Heights.

August 2: British attack Fort Stephenson.

August 8: U.S.S. Hamilton & Scourge sunk.

August 24: Prevost leads attack on U.S. piquets ou George; U.S.decline large scale engagement

August 30: Attack at Fort Mims

September 9: British Fleet on Lake Erie defeated and capture by US under Perry.

October 1: US army under Hampton cross frontier south of Montreal and skirmish with Canadian piquets

October 5: British defeated at Moraviantown;  (Battle of the Thames) Tecumseh killed

October 25: American invasion attempt at Chateauguay repulsed

November 3: Battle of Tallushatchee

November 9: Battle of Talladega

November 11: American defeat at Chrysler ‘s Farm.

December 10: U.S. army abandons Fort George and burns town of Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake).

December 18-19:
British capture Fort Niagara
in night attack; capture and burn Lewiston and surrounding villages

December 20: British begin to lay waste to the East Niagara River area in retaliation for the
burning of Newark.

December 31: British capture Blackrock














June 4: armistice between France and
Russia, and Prussia



June 21: Wellington’s decisive victory
over the French at the Battle of Vitoria




July 21 to August 1: Battles of the Pyrenees Mountains
between France and Spain ending in British success



August 10: armistice ends between
France and Russia and Prussia

August 12: Austria declares war on




August 31: British storm San Sebastien, Spain




 October 16-18: Napoleon defeated at
the Battle of Leipzig marking the beginning of the end for his




November 10: Battle of the Nivelle with the British
invading France



April 14:US repeals embargo and non-importation laws










August:US public credit
collapses and banks suspend specie payments

August 8: Peace
negotiations begin in Ghent and Great Britain offers initial peace

August 9: US and Creek
nation sign the Treaty of Fort Jackson



October 21:British offer
peace on the basis of ‘uti posseditis’

November 27: Britain drops
the ‘utis posseditis’

December 15:Hartford
Convention- US adopts additional internal taxes

December 24: Treaty of
Ghent signed to end war.

January 22: Battle of

January 24: Battle of

March 27: Battle of
Horseshoe Bend




April 25: Royal Navy
extends blockade to New England

May 6: British capture

May 30: British blockade extended to include New England.

May 31: U.S. victory at Sacket’s Harbor.

July 13: U.S. capture Fort Erie.

July 5: U.S. defeat British at Chippewa.

July 18: U.S. troops burn
St. Davids.

July 19: British capture
La Prairie du Chien.

July 25: Battle of Lundy’s Lane – both sides claim victory




August 13-14: British
begin siege of Fort Erie.

August 24: British burn Washington.

September 11: US repulse British at Battle of Plattsburg and defeat
British on Lake Champlain

Sept. 13-14: Siege of Fort
McHenry (Battle of Baltimore) – “Star Spangled Banner” is inspired
by British mortars and rockets.

September 17: British
assault fails against Fort Erie.


December 23: Initial
skirmishes around New Orleans

 March 31: Allies enter ParisApril 6: Napoleon abdicatesApril 10 to 12: British take Toulouse



May 30: British Infantry march to
Bordeaux to set sail for North America; First Treaty of Paris












October 3: Congress of Vienna opens unofficially



February 8, 1815: News of Peace first arrives in North America.
March 1, 1815: General Prevost is officially notified of Peace at Quebec.

January 8, 1815: Battle of New Orleans.
March 1: Napoleon lands in France from Elba

See Part 6:  How politics sunk the Americans


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